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Marvel's 616 explores Ms. Marvel, Black Panther in first look at Disney+ docuseries

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Jul 22, 2020, 4:53 PM EDT (Updated)

Go behind-the-scenes of Marvel Comics in two first look clips from the upcoming Disney+ docuseries, Marvel's 616. The project was first announced last April; its title refers to Earth-616, the main reality in the Marvel Universe.

The first video comes from Episode 2: "Higher, Further, Faster," which was directed by Community's Gillian Jacobs, and it explores the origins of Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel). Per the release, the second installment "shines a light on the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics and how they found ways to tell stories of representation and inclusion." The three-minute snippet features insight from Kamala's co-creators, Sana Amanat and G. Willow Wilson, both of whom set out to create a hero that would represent American-Muslims in the space of comics.

"I was like, 'You're going to have to hire an intern just to open all this hate mail,'" Wilson recounts of the moment she was first pitched the idea. "It just seemed like waving a red flag in front of all of the people who thought that people like me and Sana should not be in comics at all."

The second clips hails from Episode 4: "Lost and Found," which was helmed by Paul Scheer and chronicles "the actor and comedian’s eye-opening and hilarious journey to discover the 'forgotten' characters of Marvel Comics."  

This sneak peek begins with an interview with Reginald Hudlin, who wrote Black Panther comics during a time (2005-2018) when the Wakandan king was still considered a rather obscure hero. "I said, 'I'm gonna write the comic book equivalent of a Public Enemey record,'" Hudlin says. "A completely un-compromised, politically provocative book and that was the key to success."

Scheer then speaks with writers Gerry Duggan (Deadpool) and Donny Cates (Venom) about bargain basement creations like Doctor Druid and Typeface.

Marvel's 616 premieres on Disney+ sometime this fall. Joe Quesada, Shane Rahmani, Stephen Wacker, John Cerilli, Harry Go, and Sarah Amos are producing for Marvel. Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn, and David Gelb are producing on behalf of Supper Club.

Jacobs, Scheer, Amos, and Sterman will take part in a Comic-Con@Home panel tomorrow afternoon. Angélique Roché (host of Marvel’s Voices and The Women of Marvel podcasts) is set to moderate.


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